Eviction for Rioters in UK

Jenni - posted on 08/16/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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A council tenant is facing eviction from their home after the son appeared in court in connection with riots in London.



The tenant, reported to be the boy's mother, was served with a notice by Wandsworth Council on Friday.



It is believed they are the first council tenants in the country to face losing their home over rioting and looting which blighted the nation.



A council spokesman said neither the tenant nor the son was being named "for legal reasons".



Council leader Ravi Govindia said: "This council will do its utmost to ensure that those who are responsible pay a proper price for their conduct. Ultimately this could lead to eviction from their homes.



"Most residents on our housing estates are decent law-abiding citizens who will have been sickened at the scenes they witnessed on their TV screens this week. Many will have seen their places of work trashed at the hands of these rioters...As much as anything else we owe it to them to send out a strong signal that this kind of violence will not be tolerated."



The council said any tenant, household member, or visitor who breached their tenancy agreements - which forbid them from a range of criminal and anti-social activities, could be liable to eviction.



"There is no room on our estates for people who commit violent crimes, who show no consideration for their neighbours or harass, threaten, intimidate or cause disturbance to others," Mr Govindia added.



The move came as Prime Minister David Cameron said people who "loot and pillage their own community" should be evicted from council houses.



An application will now be made to the courts seeking their eviction, with the final decision being taken by a judge sitting at the county court.



http://itn.co.uk/home/26506/Tenant+faces...





Also an e-petition is being signed to take away all financial assistance and benefits from the rioters.

http://www.publicservice.co.uk/news_stor...



Would you sign the petition?

Thoughts?

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Julie - posted on 08/20/2011

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@Caitlin... like it or not, children have free will. Even the best of parents sometimes cannot do anything about a problem child. Probably the greatest mother I know, has 6 wonderful children who are upstanding members of society - and one child who is a right royal terror who sleeps around, gets in trouble with the police etc.

Children who are monsters will not care for even a second if their parents, their siblings, even young siblings, even siblings who are sick, all get punished for their actions.

Even the worst parents can have great children, and even the best parents can produce terrors.

That's why I said IF the parents are the reason the kid is the way they are, kick them all out, but if they are loving, responsible, caring parents who did their best, they should NOT be punished because their child turned out to be a criminal.

All it does is teach kids that the world isn't fair and they might as well screw over everyone they can because good people get screwed over, so what's the point in even trying to be good.

Punishing good parents for the actions of bad children, only makes bad kids worse. not better.

Caitlin - posted on 08/19/2011

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The parents shoudl have conveyed to their underage child the concept of social responsibility. It sucks for the parents, but the kid might think twice when they see the whole family punished because he/she wanted a new pair of shoes. It depends on the level of participation in the riots of course, but i'm all for sending a strong message to them all.

Julie - posted on 08/19/2011

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A rioter should be punished, evicted, benefits cut off - all of it. But families shouldn't be punished because of the bad choices of one member - unless they contributed to the criminal action of the bad member. No one should be punished for the actions of another.

Becky - posted on 08/17/2011

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Well, in that case, the government would be within their rights, as the family was in violation of the agreement. I'm still not sure it's the best solution though.

Jenni - posted on 08/17/2011

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I know here in Canada, even if you have a guest at your rental house, you are responsible for any damage they do.

I'm also kind of torn. And my feelings are similar to Jane's.
Isn't making families homeless and stripping them of their government benefits going to contribute to more crime?
What about adults who were involved in the riots with young children? What would be done with the children? Foster care while the parents are homeless and without assistance?
Or do they just plan on making examples of a few rioters? A message to the others.

Becky - posted on 08/17/2011

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Well, the child didn't sign the tenancy agreement, right? So technically, if the signatories to the agreement are not the ones in violation of it, then I don't think they should be evicted. Plus, I agree with what Jane and Lacye said. Making families homeless is not the way to discourage rioting and looting! It only contributes to the problem.

Lacye - posted on 08/16/2011

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I don't think the whole family should be punished because of the mistakes of the one. I do think that the ones responsible should be properly taken care of but this really isn't the way to go about it. All it will do is cause more people out on the street and they will be desperate to do what ever they can to survive and that could mean going and robbing a store or other citizens.

Jane - posted on 08/16/2011

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Sounds like fighting a fire with kerosene to me. One bad kid in a family, out the whole family goes on the street. So now the whole family is not only unemployed but now also homeless. Will that make them less likely to riot again?

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